Wabash National to Introduce Advanced Design Truck Body Line

LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) today announced it will introduce its first line of high-performance dry and refrigerated truck bodies at the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in Phoenix. The truck bodies are designed to reduce fleets’ maintenance costs, enhance productivity and maximize the life of equipment. 

“We’re very conscious of a shift happening in the trucking industry fueled by re-urbanization and e-commerce trends. Our mission is to help our customers be successful, and with our truck body line we can support them as they work to meet final-mile delivery needs,” said Brent Yeagy, group president, Commercial Trailer Products at Wabash National Corporation.

Leveraging decades of innovation leadership in the semi-trailer market, with more than 200 patents worldwide, Wabash National’s engineers have combined fleet-proven equipment designs with advanced materials to create a line of high-performance refrigerated and dry freight truck bodies for Class 6, 7 and 8 chassis.

Wabash National’s refrigerated truck bodies are constructed using state-of-the-art bonding assembly technology combined with a revolutionary patent-pending composite panel, providing up to 25% improvement in thermal efficiency when compared to conventional designs. This advanced design also reduces weight by as much as 15 percent, all without sacrificing strength and durability.

The company’s dry truck bodies are constructed with Wabash National’s DuraPlate® composite panels, fleet-proven for heavy-duty freight applications for nearly 20 years. The truck bodies also incorporate semi-trailer grade components and designs for added performance and longevity.

“Responding to specific requests from select customers in recent years, we developed a dry truck body design utilizing our industry-leading DuraPlate trailer technology,” Yeagy explained. “Earlier this year we opened a dedicated facility in Lafayette, Indiana, for the production of truck bodies and other final mile equipment. Although we’re in a limited production phase currently, we will continue to ramp up production for both dry and refrigerated truck bodies over the next 18 months.”

The launch of Wabash National’s truck body line comes in the midst of a surge in e-commerce, reshoring and re-urbanization, in addition to a changing regulatory environment.

“As the transportation industry is faced with increasing regulations and rapidly changing shipper needs, we’re focused on supporting customers with breakthrough designs that reduce weight, improve thermal and fuel efficiencies, reduce material costs, enhance corrosion resistance and improve safety,” he added. “These product offerings are another step toward that goal.”

For example, to meet safety considerations and regulatory changes, both Wabash National truck bodies feature a rear underride guard tested to U.S. and Canadian standards.

“Our engineering and production teams have worked hard to design and build truck body models that provide greater levels of performance,” he added, “and we think customers will see immediate benefit in their operations.”

The new line of Wabash National truck bodies will be on display in booth #932 at the IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, October 27–28. Attendees are invited to stop by the booth to speak with a Wabash National representative, or visit wabashtruckbodies.com to learn more.

About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company manufactures a diverse range of products including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, truck-mounted tanks, intermodal equipment, aircraft refueling equipment, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Garsite, Progress Tank, Transcraft®, TST®, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn more.

CONTACT: Media Contact: 
Dana Stelsel
Corporate Communications Manager
Wabash National Corporation
(765) 771-5766
dana.stelsel@wabashnational.com

Investor Relations: 
Mike Pettit
Vice President – Finance and Investor Relations 
(765) 771-5581
michael.pettit@wabashnational.com

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